In Poland, Buhari Speaks On Remaining Chibok Girls
Again, the issue of Chibok schoolgirls that are still in Boko Haram's captivity popped up at a meeting between Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Swiss President, Alain Berset, on the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24.
At the meeting, President Buhari pledged that his government would not rest until the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in April 14, 2014 were safely released.
The bilateral meeting was held on Monday in Katowice, Poland.
The President had spent the whole day at the International Conference Centre, Katowice, where he delivered his national address at the opening of the 12-day meeting of COP24, met with several world leaders and visited the impressive Nigerian pavilion at the climate summit.
While having talks with the Swiss President, President Buhari thanked the Swiss Confederation for its efforts and important role as intermediaries to secure the release of some Chibok girls and assured him that the issue of the remaining kidnapped girls and other abducted persons would remain a ''key priority'' for the Nigerian government.
A statement by the spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, said the President and his Swiss counterpart discussed joint strategies to ensure the safe return of the girls, building on the past successes of securing the release of some of the Chibok girls and other abducted persons in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
The President also welcomed the Swiss President's commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria and to ensure the safe release of the abducted schoolgirls.
''We will continue to make the safe release of the remaining Chibok girls a priority and will welcome any kind of support from any quarters to make this happen,'' the President said.
Over 200 girls were taken from their school in Chibok, Borno State, and since then less than 120 of them have returned.
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